RFK Racing drivers fail to qualify for Clash at the Coliseum
After heat races and a pair of Last Chance Qualifiers, RFK Racing drivers Brad Keselowski and Chris Buescher failed to qualify for the NASCAR Clash at the Coliseum for the second straight year.
Former champion Chase Elliott led wire-to-wire Sunday to win the second Last Chance Qualifier to move on to the feature. He was joined by second-place Ty Gibbs and third-place AJ Allmendinger.
Michael McDowell led all 50 laps in the first Last Chance Qualifier race to advance to the feature. Also moving on to the 150-lap main event were Christopher Bell and Todd Gilliland.
Among those failing to advance from the first last chance race were Harrison Burton, whose late-race slide cost him several spots, and Ty Dillon.
Austin Cindric got the provisional starting spot and will be 27th — and last — at the green flag. The race is scheduled for an 8:20 p.m. ET start.
William Byron led all 25 laps in winning the fourth heat race.
Also transferring to the feature from the fourth heat were Bubba Wallace, Ross Chastain, Ryan Preece and Erik Jones, who took the fifth and final spot with two laps to go.
Denny Hamlin dominated the third heat, leading 20 of the 25 laps to win. Chase Briscoe, Tyler Reddick, Ryan Blaney and Daniel Suarez followed in the top five to transfer to the main event.
The biggest loser in the third heat was Bell, who spun out after late-race contact and finished sixth.
Martin Truex Jr. took the lead from Kyle Busch late in the second heat and won easily. Busch was second, Austin Dillon third and Kyle Larson fourth.
Kevin Harvick, starting his final season in Cup, made a strong last-lap move and edged Elliott for fifth and the final transfer spot to the feature.
Aric Almirola, who failed to make the Clash feature field last season, took the lead late in the first heat race and won the 25-lapper in front of Alex Bowman and Justin Haley.
“It was about being more prepared,” Almirola told Fox Sports. “There was no way to be prepared a year ago. I was really disappointed to watch this race from the grandstands last year.”
Rookie Noah Gragson and defending race and seasonal champion Joey Logano also finished in the top five to join the first three in the feature.
Burton spun out early in the first heat.
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